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April 10, 2018
10 Apr 2018

Ripe Frenzy Rolls Into Greenway Court Theatre May 17 – June 17

WINNER of the 2016 NNPN Smith Prize for Political Theatre, Ripe Frenzy submerges us in the before, during and after of a mass shooting in a small-town high school theatre, during opening night of its 40th production of Our Town. Told from the perspective of the mothers of the town, the play questions our own culpability in the perpetuation of mass shootings in our country.

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RIPE FRENZY is produced at Greenway Court Theatre as a part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other partnering theaters are New Repertory Theatre (MA) and Synchronicity Theatre (GA). For more information please visit nnpn.org

In the Press

L.A. Times (Critic’s Choice), Review
‘Ripe Frenzy,’ a play about a school shooting, provokes thought with lyricism and restraint

L.A. Weekly, Review
Ripe Frenzy: A Chillingly Emotional Play on Mass School Shootings

Time Out Los Angeles, News
5 L.A. Theater Productions To See This May

AmericanTheatre.org, Feature
Plays About Guns, With Varying Aims

BroadwayWorld.com, News Desk
Ripe Frenzy Comes To Greenway Court Theatre

About the Team


Jennifer Barclay is a Chicago-bred actor-turned-playwright, recently relocated to the DC area where she is a member of Arena Stage’s 2017-18 Playwrights’ Arena. Jennifer is the recipient of the National New Play Network’s 2016 Smith Prize for Political Theatre, for Ripe Frenzy. Ripe Frenzy was developed at Woolly Mammoth and the 2017 Ojai Playwrights Conference, and will premiere in 2018 at New Rep in Boston and Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta. Jennifer’s plays have been produced and developed by Steppenwolf, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, RedCat, The Kennedy Center, Center Stage, The International Theatre of Vienna and The Edinburgh Fringe.

Awards include: Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award, Kennedy Center National Science Playwriting Award, Pinter Review Gold Medal. Jennifer has been a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Hawthornden International Writers Retreat in Scotland. Jennifer has been a Playwright in Residence at South Coast Rep (Shank Playwright in Residence 2009-10) and Center Stage (Playwrights Collective 2015-16).

She has a degree in Theatre from Northwestern University and an MFA in Playwriting at UC San Diego, where she studied with Naomi Iizuka. Jennifer is an Assistant Professor of Playwriting and Performance at the University of Maryland. Currently she is developing Yellowstone: the ballad of the red-state white man (Finalist for the 2017 NNPN National Showcase of New Plays) and American Prosperity Gospel (upcoming workshop at Woolly Mammoth, directed by Shana Cooper).  www.BarclayStudios.com.


Alana Dietze‘s previous directing credits include The Found Dog Ribbon Dance, Dry Land, A Small Fire, and Laileen on the Way Down all with the Echo Theater Company. Her production of Dry Land was selected for CTG’s inaugural Block Party program and re-mounted at the Kirk Douglas Theater in 2017. That production received seven Ovation Nominations including Best Production in a Large Theater, Best Director, and Best Ensemble. The Echo’s production of Dry Land won the 2016 Ovation Award for Best Production in an intimate theater. It was also nominated for four Stage Raw Awards (including Best Director and Best Production) and one LADCC award. Found Dog was included in the Echo’s 2017 Ovation nomination for Best Season and A Small Fire received four Ovation Nominations, one LADCC nomination and two Stage Raw nominations. Alana has also directed workshops, short plays and readings for EST/LA, Occidental College, Moving Arts, and Antaeus. Alana is also an Ovation-nominated actress and has appeared on stage with the Echo, Circle X, Theatre of NOTE, The Vagrancy, New Guard, Padua Playwrights and more. She is an alumna of Occidental College and has served as the Echo’s Literary Manager since 2008. 

Creative Team

Jared Mezzocchi, Video Projection Designer
Artistic Director of Andy’s Summer Playhouse.
Winner 2012 Princess Grace Award-winner for Projection Design.

Amanda Knehans, Set Designer
Dry Land at Echo Theater Company and the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
2018 Ovation Award-nominee.

Elena Flores, Costume Designer
Dry Land at Echo Theater Company and Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Azra King-Abadi, Lighting Designer
LA Phil and LA Opera productions.

John Zalewski, Sound Designer
Belleville at Pasadena Playhouse.


Elizabeth Ann Bennett as Zoe
ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Castle.

Renee Marie Brewster as Felicia
Member of the Echo Theater Company.
American Repertory Theater’s Alice vs. Wonderland as Alice.
CBS’s The Soul Man as Shelly.

Melody Butiu as Miriam
Broadway’s Doctor Zhivago directed by Des McAnuff.
Originated the title role of the Pulitzer Prize Nominated production of The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at South Coast Repertory.

Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson as Hadley / Bethany
Member of the Echo Theater Company’s Associate Company.

Liam Springthorpe as Matt / Bryan James McNamara
Raludom Theater Company’s Den of Thieves at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Gruesome Playground Injuries at the Stephanie Feury Theatre.

For more information about the National New Play Network (NPNN), please visit their website, nnpn.org.

April 9, 2018
09 Apr 2018

Greenway Institute of the Arts Spring Student Showcase

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March 30, 2018
30 Mar 2018

Poems are Gay – Night Two of the L.A. Get Down

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March 20, 2018
20 Mar 2018

Heartstorms – Night Six of the L.A. Get Down

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March 19, 2018
19 Mar 2018

Night Five of the Get Down

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Queen Sheba and DJ Knodat bring their roving battle to Los Angeles for the first time on April 19 @ 9 PM at the Greenway Court Theatre.
Internationally award winning Poet and Author Queen Sheba, as seen on 106 & Park, Verses & Flow and co-founder of the Rough Language Poetry Slam & Live Music series leads #TeamPoetry against #TeamHipHop lead by guest captain Secrett!
Add in Dj Knodat to make the perfect duo, combined and they have over 20 hit songs, 14 albums, two books and more (passport) stamps than a kid’s coloring book.

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March 15, 2018
15 Mar 2018

LA Get Down Festival (2018)


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All Workshops and Performances $10 EXCEPT

Poetry vs Hip Hop – $15 advance, $20 at the door
inkSlam Invitational – $20
What It Iz, Benefit Performance – $30

 All-Access Passes Available
$75 gets you into EVERYTHING

Under 25? $25 gets you into 5 events!


Saturday 4/7 @ 8 pm
 Spiritrials starring Dahlak Brathwaite, featuring DJ Dion Decibels

Thursday 4/12 @ 8 pm
Poems are Gay! Hosted Edwin Bodney

Friday 4/13 @ 8 pm
Say Word Finals Hosted Kat Magill

Saturday 4/14 @ 9 pm
Chingona Fire Hosted by Angela Aguirre and Yesika Salgado

Sunday 4/15 @ 1 pm – Melrose Trading Post
Youth Showcase 

Thursday 4/19 @ 9 pm
Poetry vs. Hip Hop Featuring Queen Sheba and DJ Knodat

Friday 4/20 @ 9pm
Heartstorms featuring Lady Basco

Saturday 4/21 @ 9 pm
inkSlam Invitational Hosted by Shihan Van Clief 

Friday 4/27 and Saturday 4/28 @ 8 pm
What It Iz a Benefit Performance supporting programs serving incarcerated youth at BJN Juvenile Hall 


Saturday 4/7 @ 12 pm
 The Future of… Facilitated by Taalam Acey 

Saturday 4/7 @ 1:30 pm
Not a Cult Publishing Workshop Facilitated by Daniel Lisi

Saturday 4/14 @ 12 pm
Your Voice is an Instrument – Writing Workshop Facilitated by Alyesha Wise and Matthew “Cuban” Hernandez

Saturday 4/14 @ 1:30 pm
Your Voice is an Instrument – Performance Workshop Facilitated by Alyesha Wise and Matthew “Cuban” Hernandez

March 13, 2018
13 Mar 2018

Casting Call! What It Iz, part of the LA Get Down!


Seeking Union and Non-Union Singers/Rappers/Poets/Actors of All Types for the following roles:


DOROTHY: A teen searching for life in the stars.

THE WIZ: A man in his 40’s serving a life sentence.

MA/EVILESE: A single mom in her 30’s/Envy incarnate.

ANITA/ASSATA: Dorothy’s BFF/A paranoid revolutionary.

PETO/PLATINUM: Dorothy’s other BFF/Rapper of the Year.

DEACON/SMOOTH: Ma’s BFF/A hustler fresh out of prison.

MAYOR/JUDGE/OBC: A mean soul drunk off his own power.

OBB/BEAUTY/STAGE MANAGER: The belligerent narcissist.

EYE AM/BAILIFF/DJ: A mystic guardian angel in disguise.

NARRATOR/SCALPER/CO1: Storyteller/Agent of The System.

REPORTER/SCALPER/CO2: Shrewd Journalist/Mr. Status Quo.




Adapted by ten incarcerated artists in a creative writing workshop at the oldest women’s prison in the state, the California Institute for Women (CIW), WHAT IT IZ is a prison abolitionist, hip hop theater and spoken word remix of The Wiz.  The spring performances at Greenway Court Theater benefit programs serving incarcerated youth at BJN Juvenile Hall – where workshops based on the production, engaging human rights and transformative justice, have inspired an oral history project and college course using theater to develop legislative proposals. Producer will be applying to Theatre Authority for use of Equity performers in a benefit performance.

Email casting@greenwayartsalliance.org for an appointment

Audition slots available Wednesday, March 28, 6-9 pm

Monday, April 2, 2-5 pm

Four rehearsal in April

Two Performances (Staged Readings) April 27th and 28th, part of the LA Get Down Festival

BACKGROUND: In the early 1900s, L. Frank Baum imagined a world where money did not exist and women were all powerful.  More than 100 years later, a new generation of creative visionaries has its own fresh take on that wonderful world called Oz.  This 21st century urban parody remixes Baum’s classic and the 1970s Broadway musical-turned-motion picture “The Wiz” – starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, Lena Horne, with music by Luther Vandross and Quincy Jones.  The film inspired the writing of this play as much as the Broadway hit before it, which featured Stephanie Mills, André De Shields and Phylicia Rashad.  The early development of WHAT IT IZ included stage readings and workshop performances at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe and American Place Theater in New York City, the Longwharf Theater and Yale Theater in New Haven and at Harvard University. The west coast debut performances sold out during opening weekend in spring 2017 at the Los Angeles Theater Center in downtown LA, and opened the inaugural “Beyond the Bars LA” conference calling for strategies to bring about the end of mass incarceration.

THE REMIX: For more than a century, audiences worldwide have enjoyed the tale of the Tin Man’s search for a heart, the Scarecrow’s search for a brain, and the Cowardly Lion’s search for courage.  This time around, Dorothy is transported from the disco era into a new millennium facing terrorism, police brutality, government corruption, music industry shenanigans, street hustlers, new world technology, and the world’s largest prison population.  Meet a notoriously sexist “Platinum” rap star longing for self-love; a small-time hustler named “Smooth” whose lack of knowledge of self keeps him from being smooth enough to avoid repeat arrests for the same crime; a paranoid Black Panther wanna-be “Assata” in search of self-determination after barely surviving the 9/11 suicide attacks.  This adaptation transports Dorothy’s journey from the Bay area of 1979 to LA in 2017.

WHAT IT IZ fuses the soulful, musical style of the ’70s hit with the urban lyricism of hip hop and spoken word poetry.  Critics compare the show to the Tony Award-winning “Def Poetry Jam on Broadway” and “Hamilton” which have introduced traditional theater goers to the adrenalin-injected idioms of hip hop and spoken word.  Directed by the creator and performer of the Harry Belafonte produced “Lyrics From Lockdown,” critically acclaimed poet, actor and prison activist Bryonn Bain, the production is written in the verse of our time by a group comprised of formerly and currently incarcerated artists, Blackout Arts Collective (BAC).  This grassroots arts/activism coalition spearheaded the early development of the show while bringing performances and workshops to prisons in 25 states nationwide.  An award-winning network of artists, activists, and educators, BAC has used the arts and culture to catalyze action around critical issues in innovative ways to inspire social change since 1997.  Dramaturgy by Disney fellow and NYU drama professor Michael Dinwiddie, and Lincoln Center iconoclast Imani Douglas, this production pays homage to a timeless classic while providing a launchpad for dialogue and action around mass incarceration and its impact on our families and communities using subversive verse, beats, rhymes and comedy.



March 7, 2018
07 Mar 2018

Spiritrials – Night One of the Get Down

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In Spiritrials, addiction, religion, and the law intersect in a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program.  A timely exploration of the American criminal justice system, this multi-dimensional play blurs the line between hip-hop and dramatic performance.  Dahlak Brathwaite (writer/performer) weaves through the autobiographical and the fictional, music and monologue, to examine his place in what appears to be a cultural rite of passage for a young Black male.

Dahlak is a multi-faceted hip-hop artist that maximizes his abilities as musician, actor, poet, and educator within the transformational space of the theatre. Since launching onto the national spoken word scene by appearing on the last two seasons of HBO’s Russell Simmons’ presents Def Poetry Jam, Dahlak has showcased his seamless blend of hip-hop, theatre, and spoken word at over 200 universities throughout the United States and Europe.  Dahlak has worked closely with Broadway veteran and Rockefeller fellow, Marc Bamuthi Joseph.  Dahlak has written and performed in several of Joseph’s critically acclaimed plays, including Word Becomes Flesh – presented at The Public Theater and The Lincoln Center.  From 2007 to 2012, Dahlak has released five musical projects, which includes the album Spiritrials that served as a soundtrack to his solo play.    In 2014, Dahlak was selected as a musician for a U.S. State Department International Exchange Fellowship called 1Beat.  Spiritrials, the solo play written, performed and scored by Dahlak, is currently on tour.  Since the premiere in 2015, Spiritrials has been performed in 15 cities around the country, including two notable presentations at the prestigious Kennedy Center.  Currently, Dahlak is collaborating with director Roberta Uno in order to adapt Spiritrials into an ensemble musical. Development of the work has been supported by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is being supported by California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) through a series of residencies.  Dahlak earned his B.A. degree from the University of California, Davis, where he studied English and Dramatic Studies.

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February 15, 2018
15 Feb 2018

Tell Pharaoh – A Free Reading for Black History Month

Loften Mitchell’s Tell Pharaoh is Black History. Join us as we honor Black History with this staged reading.

Let the record be read, and read well, this is the true telling of our journey from Africa to Harlem.

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Greenway Court Theatre

544 N Fairfax Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90036

November 8, 2017
08 Nov 2017

GIA Fall Student Showcase 2017


Greenway Institute for the Arts Presents:
Fall Student Showcase 2017